NFL RULE 2 - "THE BALL".
ATTENTION NFL FANS, PLAYERS, COACHES, TEAMS, TEAM OWNERS, GAME OFFICIALS & RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
ATTENTION NFL FANS THAT ARE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT DEFLATED GAME BALLS, WITH NO SCIENTIFIC REASONING OR CONCLUSIONS.
ATTENTION NFL FANS THAT WANT TO KNOW THE MOST LIKELY STORY ABOUT DEFLATED GAME BALLS,
CURRENT NFL RULE 2 “THE BALL” DOES NOT PRECLUDE OR STOP, IN ANY WAY, ANY TEAM FROM “DOCTORING” THE BALLS THAT EACH TEAM OWNS AND BRINGS TO EVERY GAME.
Most of us know that helium gas is lighter than air and will therefore keep a balloon afloat. What most of us do not know is that helium will escape enclosure more rapidly than any other gas (except hydrogen). The very heavy GoodYear Blimp is held up in the air with the use of helium, which must be periodically “topped up”.
If we filled our car tires with pure helium, they would be flat within 24 to 48 hours.
My point? Please stay with me. Notwithstanding previous tests, with footballs filled with pure helium gas (balls would be too light for Rule 2), under favorable conditions if a football contained a homogeneous mix of 20% helium and 80% air a 67 to 72 yard field goal, punt or forward pass, may be achieved. With 35% helium, 75 to 80 yards would certainly be possible.
While helium is lighter than air, this gas could be carefully mixed with air and the balls would most likely remain within the weight range of 14 to 15 ounces and measure 12.5 to 13.5 “pounds”, as stipulated in Rule 2.
Problem with partial helium filling of footballs is, in short order the balls will have leaked, on their own, to a deflated pressure of less than the required PSIG, leaking at a rate proportional to the percentage of helium mixed with the normal composition of air.
Imagine that - 75 to 80 yard footballs that self deflate!
ENVISION THESE SCENARIOS FELLOW FANS;
- The Super Bowl is won by a last second 75 yard - in the air - TD pass (a record by far) and the receiver gives the ball to a fan in the stands. OR,
- Super Bowl - Game tied and one team lines up for a relatively simple 17 yard winning field goal with 2 seconds, 4th quarter, on the clock. Ball is snapped, held and kicked solidly by the kicker, who is already 3 for 3 on the day. As the ball sails directly toward the center of the uprights, suddenly the path of the ball is altered dramatically and misses “wide right” by a full 15 feet. Could a small chip have been planted inside the ball and its' path altered by a signal from a remote hand held digital actuator? (Scott Norwood could be off the hook).
All of the above is rubbish you say? Perhaps so. However, happened or not, that is not the point. The point is that current Rule 2, by omission, allows these scenarios to be tried or possibly made real!
Notwithstanding which balls are supposed to be used in this instance, current NFL Rule 2, Section 2, ends;
“Note: It is the responsibility of the home team to furnish playable balls at all times by attendants from either side of the playing field”. We, and game officials, will never know what was inside those Super Bowl balls !!!
Anyone can, and many will, say that my suppositions are pure conjecture, hypothetical and never happened. Those same naysayers, or anyone else for that matter, cannot prove they never happened nor can they deny that the current Rule 2 is wide open for these suppositions to be made real at any time! I urge those same naysayers to visit and read (it is not that large or wordy)NFL Rule 2 at;
After reading, ask yourself - Is Rule 2 wide open to those teams that would “push the envelope” on rules? The answer here is Yes. Is there anything in Rule 2 to stop them? The answer is here is No, and those same people/teams can accurately and honestly state to any Investigator, or in court under oath, “we did not break any rules”.
With all due respect to Mr. Wells, (The $5 million Wells Report) @ https://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/investigative-and-expert-reports-re-footballs-used-during-afc-championsh.pdf&nbsp;to Exponent's lead man Dr. Robert Caligiuri, and Exponent's 900 Scientists, Physicians, Engineers and Regulatory Consultants and to the Washington DC based think tank American Enterprise Institute et al, who concentrated fully on how the balls could be deflated by team's personnel, they have completely overlooked and missed the much deeper subject and the very basic point of the gaseous makeup inside the balls!
While I am not a scientist, engineer, physician or technician, I can state that I am eminently qualified to comment on this subject. To add credence to this initiative, I can state the US patent office has issued a patent to me pertaining to the liquefaction and separation of air into its' component parts.
NFL rule 2, Section 1, stipulates the Home Team must furnish a pump and it is apparent the Home Team Attendants do control and inflate the balls, as one of the text messages from a New England Ball Attendant, examined in the Wells' Report, is on record texting (page 5 of The Executive Summary)“Tom sucks - I’m going to make that next ball a (expletive) balloon”. A “balloon” in this context could contain a mixture of readily available helium.
It is very interesting to note that NE Ball Attendants were not asked any questions regarding the gaseous makeup inside the NE balls during a first round of investigations and that, despite a NE pledge to co-operate fully in the Wells Investigation, NE Team Officials and Lawyers refused (page 28 Wells Report) to allow their Ball Attendants to be questioned a second time.
We all know that certain NFL teams love to “push the envelope”. The current Rule 2 certainly allows just that.
It is certainly not my intent to cast aspersions on Mr. Goodell, the NFL or any particular team or individual. In fairness to all, much of the current Rule 2 has been around since 1940.
It is my intent to see that Rule 2 is revised to help ensure fairness in our great game of football and I need your help to expose the current loopholes - loopholes that any team can drive both moral and legal trucks through.
I have offered my qualified services to Mr. Goodell to completely rewrite an airtight Rule 2, which I have my proposed copy of and which awaits delivery to him and the Rules Committee, for review and approval. Perhaps the NFL office communication filtering system meant that Mr. Goodell never received my offer, which is still open. If/when accepted, a considerable amount of work with ball manufacturer Wilson, in Ohio, will be required.
My complete file of communication to Mr. Goodell is very compelling.
Your help? Please do what you can, including emailing me with suggestions, to help bring this to the attention of the NFL Rules Committee, Mr. Goodell and Team Owners as soon as possible..
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